In college, Gronkowski played 22 games at Arizona and set school career records for tight ends of 75 catches and 1 cheap nfl jerseys,197 yards receiving. In the pros, he scored 20 touchdowns quicker than any tight end, needing just 26 games. Mike Ditka held the old record of 31.
The tight ends are major options for quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
Gronkowski and Graham are ''two totally NFL different animals,'' Saints safety Roman Harper said. Graham ''is more of a slider and he comes out of the break and he's just like, 'Drew, throw it up.' He's more of a rebounder. 'I'm going to get it.' He's more athletic.
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''Then you've got Gronk, who's just a big guy and he's a big target, a little body action. And, of course, Tom is putting it right on him, and Gronk makes his money after the catch.''
Hernandez had 111 catches in 40 games at Florida. In two seasons with the Patriots, he already has 124 receptions for 13 touchdowns. Is he NFL different from the other two? Well, he's certainly more elusive than Gronkowski and Graham, with skills of a tall wide receiver.
''I approach it with speed and quickness,'' nike nfl jerseys Hernandez said, ''and (Gronkowski) approaches it with just being big and physical.''
When the Patriots have both tight ends on the field, along with wide receiver Wes Welker, defenses face a difficult challenge.
''We only have 11 (players) and they have 11. You can only double so many guys,'' Spagnuolo said, ''so you've got to pick your spots.''
Gronkowski doesn't feel like he's competing NFL with Graham. But Graham said there is a bit of that for him, especially since they had similar statistics last season. Also, the media - frequently comparing them - adds to that as well.
''It's a friendly competition,'' Graham said.
In games, the three tight ends face much fiercer competition against defenders trying to come up with ways to control them.
''You'd have to be really big, fast and athletic to cover one of those guys,'' Brees said. ''Maybe the only guys who could cover them are each other.''
Said Vitt: ''We like our guy and the guys they've NFL got keep me up at night trying to defend them.''
It's up to Vitt, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and their staffs to devise plans to keep Gronkowski, Hernandez and Graham in check.
''They can run. They can catch. They can run routes. They can block,'' Vitt said. ''They can get to the edge and kill you. They can catch the deep ball. They catch outside the framework of the body.''
''They're all good dancers, they're good cooks,'' he added with a smile, ''and they love kids.''
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